What is inflammation?
Inflammation is our body’s first line of defense.
Following an infection or cellular injury, our immune system activates an inflammatory response to eliminate threats like bacteria and viruses. Immune cells quickly identify and terminate damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) that are released during cellular injury or infection.
Our bodies need the immune system’s temporary inflammatory response to survive. But when the immune system fails to downregulate this activated response, inflammation quickly turns from defender to attacker.
Chronic inflammation is the result of the immune system turning on itself. With no threats or foreign invaders to fight off, the same processes that eliminate threatening cells begin to attack healthy tissues and organs.